7 Wonderfully Fun Facts About Gelato

Interesting Gelato Facts 

Gelato originated in Italy and its modern-day form is credited to Francesco Procopio Dei Coltelli. He created the first ice cream machine, opened his first cafe in Paris, and introduced gelato.  Here are 5 fun gelato facts you may not know about gelato:

  • Making gelato – Ice cream in Italy is made with sugar, milk, and various flavorings. It differs from western ice cream in that it is made with less cream and no egg yolks. When milk is removed from the recipe and replaced with water, it becomes a sorbet. Gelato is much denser than ice cream due to the low air content of the churning process. It has 70% less air than other frozen desserts. This causes it to melt in your mouth much faster than regular ice cream, giving it a creamier and stronger flavor and texture.
  • Gelato meaning – The word “gelato” comes from the Italian word “congelato”, which means frozen. A gelato shop is called a “gelateria” and the person serving it is called “gelati.” It is best served the day it’s made.
  • Less fattening – Another reason to eat more gelato is its low-fat content. It contains 3-8% less fat than regular ice cream and is much more flavorful. Traditional ice cream contains 10-17% milk fat. Since it is made with less butterfat, the flavors are bolder and don’t coat your palette in the same ways that ice cream does.
  • Gelato business – Business is booming and gelato is a 200 million dollar empire. Many ice cream brands have incorporated gelato options into their line of ice cream offerings. Talenti, Ben & Jerry’s, Haagen-Dazs are three of the largest sellers of gelato.
  • Popular flavors – Some of the most popular flavors include chocolate hazelnut, fig, coconut, pistachio, and lemon gelato. The slow churn makes these flavors more vibrant and creamy. Lemon gelato is relatively simple and easy to make at home. If you have extra lemons sitting in your kitchen, you’ll want to bring out the ice cream maker and make this frozen treat.
  • Authentic gelato – If you’re looking for authentic gelato, you’ll need to get it from a shop that uses a spade or paddle. Authentic gelateria doesn’t use scoops because a paddle is better equipped to smoothly scoop gelato. There is an art to making and serving authentic gelato and any shop you buy from should be aware of that. When you visit Italy, it’s best to know the appropriate lingo and terms to use when ordering gelato. If you’re looking for a gelato flavor that contains caffeine, be sure to order Affogato which is made with espresso. If you prefer whipped cream on top of your gelato, you’ll want to order a Gelato con Panna. Ice cream sandwiches are referred to as Brioche con Gelato.
  • Gelato World Cup – The International Gelato World Cup is real. It is formerly called Coppa Del Mondo Della Gelateria, people from across the globe attend to try the best gelato treats and sculptures. Since 2003, the Gelato World Cup has been held every 2 years which features ice sculptors, pastry chefs,  gelato makers, and chefs from around the world. The competition is arranged by Sigep – Italian Exhibition Group Spa and Gelato e Cultura s.r.l., and the principles it abides by are integrity, professionalism, and fairness. The Gelato World Cup collaborates with the World Committee of Honor, which is a board of professionals who oversee the transparency, reliability, and fairness of the competition. A selection is made from a group of 11 teams to compete for the world championship title based on 7 categories that include gelato, pastry, haute cuisine, and ice sculpture.

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Arsenal recorded a thumping win against Wolverhampton Wanderers to end a fine Premier League season with a flourish at Emirates Stadium. Mikel Arteta’s side, who were already assured of second place, ended the campaign on 84 points – the Gunners’ highest points tally since the ‘Invincibles’ team took the title with 90 in 2003-04. Their unexpected and exciting title challenge may have collapsed in recent weeks, but the hosts looked back to their best in this victory and were helped by passive opponents. Granit Xhaka, who has been heavily linked with a move to the Bundesliga, set them on their way when he nodded in Gabriel Jesus’ early cross from the right.

The Switzerland midfielder, who posted a ‘Thank You Gunners’ message on Instagram prior to kick-off, stroked in a second from close range to bring up Arsenal’s 100th goal of the campaign in all competitions after Wolves defender Max Kilman inadvertently deflected the ball into his path. With Wolves struggling to contain their fluent opponents, Martin Odegaard and Leandro Trossard combined down the right to present the ball to Bukayo Saka, who curled in a superb third. Arsenal showed few signs of letting up after the break, with Jesus heading in their fourth at the back post from Trossard’s pinpoint cross. It was a disappointing conclusion for Wolves, who finish 13th.

And their afternoon got even worse when goalkeeper Jose Sa fumbled Jakub Kiwior’s instinctive effort into his own net in the closing stages to gift Arsenal a fifth goal. While Arsenal missed out on a first Premier League title in 19 years, they delivered a celebratory conclusion to the season with a handsome victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium. And on this evidence fans can look forward with an optimism that the best is still to come from Mikel Arteta’s young squad.  Several key players remained absent for this encounter but the Spaniard will hope that their return plus further investment in quality reinforcements, will provide further endurance to a team that excited before falling away in the title race.